Look from Pringle of Scotland
Look from Pringle of Scotland
 

19 Sep. 2013

Show report: London Fashion Week summer 2014

London fashion week (13-17 Sept.) bowed out on Tuesday, amidst persistent blustery winds and icy showers that made for a rather wet event from start to finish. The creations on show brightened things a little; pink continued to rule on the catwalk as per the previous season.

Thomas Tait chose to incorporate flashes of salmon to his active wear inspired collection that was otherwise dominated by crisp white, while Christopher Bailey focused on the gentlest pastel shade of the color as if to further soften the relaxed, drop-shouldered jackets and midi skirts that emerged on the runway in Kensington Gardens on Monday afternoon. Shoe designer of the moment Sophia Webster went for her trademark eye-popping take on the hue, and J. JS Lee opted for a similar shade. Roksanda Ilinicic, meanwhile, focused on a bright citrus palette– which worked particularly well when applied to the designer’s more sculptural spring silhouettes.

Pringle of Scotland took the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone by presenting its SS14 collection – a strong outing that married sporty elements and couture-like precision, both in terms of construction and material choice– and then ushering press and buyers across the road to take a look at its new Mount Street flagship store.

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Two new show venues cropped up this season – both of which were situated in the northern part of the city. Topshop distanced itself from the industrial-looking haunts it usually secures for the shows it sponsors, and chose instead to erect two tents in the green oasis that is Regents Park. Central Saint Martins’ new giant campus in Kings Cross served as an alternative catwalk space – Paul Smith and Erdem were among the many designers showing there. The new runway spaces were undoubtedly impressive and inspiring, but the distance between them and LFW’s main hub, Somerset House near Aldwych, proved a trifle too great – particularly so during spells of dense traffic and pouring rain.

The Designer Showrooms, LFW’s dedicated womenswear fair, brought together over 120 brands this season across RTW, footwear, millinery, accessories and jewelery. New London label Svek, which presented a strong collection of cleverly engineered pieces, was among those exhibiting for the first time. The label’s designer Bahar Alipour seemed pleased with the outcome of her outing. "The exhibition is very different from the big international fairs – it has an intimate boutique feel that seems to inspire exhibitors and buyers to communicate in a relaxed, friendly way,” she observed. “The big orders might be placed in Paris, but the Designer Showrooms at LFW functions as a warm-up to the more commercial stages of the buying season, and many of the industry's key buyers drop by to preview the collections."
Emma Holmqvist-Deacon

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